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Thursday, December 20, 2012

70 year old technology and Rube Goldberg

My daughter asked me to help her build a "Rube Goldberg" invention for a school project. She didn't understand why I laughed.
Rube Goldberg is in fact, the patron saint of our farm.
So I dug into my supply of treasures bequeathed to me by MuddyValley and brought out the number 8 and 1/2 Erector Set.  (I think I have possibly four or five total but the rest are stashed away somewhere.)
We consulted and discussed designs. She was very excited, she had a plan.
I really hope it works and I hope her partner is not completely overwhelmed by my daughter's capacity for enthusiasm followed by frustration. (She comes by it naturally)

Now I must brave the elements and go to work. I saw my 93-year-old father struggling with the lock on the store at 7:50 a.m. By the time I slogged across the two inches of water covering my front lawn/machinery yard he had the door opened. He is hard at work already, sleeping at the computer with the "s" key held down.


  1. Rube Goldberg is one of my inspirations (asperations?) too. Wish I'd saved all the meccano /erector stuff I had as a kid. Your weather sounds depressing. You need what we have today. Brilliant sunshine, every tree and object laden with heavy hoarfrost and -10F . Its a real kodachrome day in Sask. It might inspire me to do a new blog post.

  2. Sometimes the best part of farming is building contraptions in the shop during the winter months. It is like a really big Erector Set only with high voltage and a gas torch.


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